Michael Tomasky offers us a retarded squirrel:
Here’s one thing I absolutely cannot stand hearing: that President Obama is getting what he deserves now because he passed such a “partisan” health-care bill. The suggestion is truly beyond belief and, quite literally, totalitarian in spirit, in the way it flips the truth so perversely on its head, turning the perpetrated-upon into the perpetrator and the aggressor into the victim. As Obamacare flails, one hears the “partisan” line frequently these days on television and radio. More maddeningly still, the alleged liberals and fact-based reporters on various panels often permit it to go unchallenged. Let’s set the record straight.
Obama came into office trying to reach out to Republicans and their voters. Remember Pastor Rick Warren at the inaugural? Remember how the president met with pro-abortion rights and anti-abortion rights groups early on? (You may not, but he did.) He also tried to horse-trade with them on the stimulus. True, he would not compromise on a tax credit for low-wage workers that Republicans opposed. (Interesting to read this article in retrospect; Obama was trying to help here the later-famous 47 percent.) But he did offer movement on tax cuts, and the Senate did pass a Charles Grassley amendment about the alternative minimum tax. And, at the White House’s request, certain expenditures the White House thought would repel Republicans were stripped out in the hopes of winning GOP support. But that, of course, did not happen in any meaningful way.
In the late spring of 2009, Obama started talking health care. He sat down with Republicans over the summer. He invited a group of Republicans into his office and told them he’d put tort reform in the bill if it would get him Republican votes. They stared at him. Other administration officials met with Republicans a number of times to see if anything could be put in the bill to appease them. The answer was always no. Remember here that the Affordable Care Act is basically a Republican plan to begin with, as the individual mandate idea came from the Heritage Foundation. So you might have thought that some Republicans would be OK with that.
Outside the administration, Democrats in the Senate negotiated with Republicans for months. Those Democrats finally did decide, on August 17, that it was time to throw up their hands, and they reluctantly proceeded without Republicans. “Given hardening Republican opposition to Congressional health care proposals, Democrats now say they see little chance of the minority’s cooperation in approving any overhaul…” is how the Times opened its article on the matter. But it wasn’t for want of trying. Democrats tried, for ages.
How bad is Obamacare? The Democrats are trying to give the GOP a share of the credit/blame even though not a single Republican voted for the bill.
Let’s get something straight – I don’t give a fuck whose idea it was!
I am not a Democrat. I am not a Republican. I have no label. My ideology has no name and does not occupy any place on the left/right axis. We have problems that need solutions. I don’t care where the solutions come from, I only care whether they work and if they work whether they can be improved.
OBAMACARE DOES NOT WORK. If it was a Democratic idea it sucks. but if it truly was a Republican idea then it still sucks. There simply is no way to make it not suck. It might be possible to make it suck less, but I wouldn’t count on it.
The problem with trying to make Obamacare suck less is it would obligate us to keep it around a few more years while they try to make it work. But it will never work, it will just suck less, and the longer we keep it around the harder it will be to get rid of it.
So after we run up a few more trillion in debt and the health insurance companies rake in a few trillion in profits, we’ll eventually pull the plug anyway. Let’s save ourselves time and money and kill the fucking thing now.
Full repeal or no deal!
“Success has many fathers but failure is an orphan.” – John F. Kennedy